Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bill Crawford: Dwell more in the light

History tells us when those who yield to their shadow selves choose leaders of their ilk, calamity, often war, follows.

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Judge Weill takes the stand



Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill testified in the trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith today.  He was called as a witness by Mr. Smith.  Oddly enough, Smith's attorney, Jim Waide, classified him as a hostile witness during his testimony.  The complete video of Judge Weill's testimony is posted below.  You can read JJ's written coverage of his testimony on the Twitter feed.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Bedwetter alert

A woman goes nuts when she sees some Trump yard signs in September in this Liveleak video.  A police officer tries to reason with her but she is having none of it and proceeds to go even  more nuts. She doesn't get arrested but does deliver some entertainment.  

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CON granted to Brandon company

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement:

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Ridgeland PD seek bank robbery suspect

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following video and statement:

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Update on RSS trial.

Anna Wolfe is off today so Kingsnake stepped up to the plate. Follow on Twitter @kingfish1935. Got the trusty old camcorder rolling too. However there may be breaks in coverage due to afternoon nap, morning coffee, and three old-fashioned lunch. Link to Tweets.

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Lender claims Butler et al ripped off over $400,000.

A Florida finance company sued Christopher Butler, Mega Mattress, and Jay Samander  in U.S. District Court in August for allegedly defrauding the company.  The Attorney General is currently prosecuting Butler in Hinds County for fraud charges related to the same allegedly fraudulent transactions.  The lawsuit claims the defendants defrauded the lender of over $400,000.  Mega Mattress is owned by Elias Dabit. 

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Kemper might get federal help

Congress might bail out the Kemper plant. The Wall Street Journal reported recently:

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

No comment: Skybox Edition.

The owner of Skybox Daquiri Bar & Bistro in Ridgewood Court has ruffled a few feathers on social media recently.  Ray Kersh posted a twelve-minute video on Facebook that showed him pointing a gun at the camera, bragging about donations, and defending his establishment against those who trash it on social media. Needless to say, the video has garnered a considerable amount of attention. 

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Rankin ring busted

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release and mug shots:

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Sheriff sued

It appears law enforcement in Jackson will be dragged through the mud yet again.  The former Hinds County Chief Deputy sued Sheriff Victor Mason for sex discrimination, race discrimination, and sexual harassment yesterday in U.S. District Court.  The complaint contains quite a few lurid allegations as former Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory accused Sheriff Mason of channeling his inner Bill Clinton by trying to use her to arrange sexual encounters with another employee.  The complaint is posted below.  Ms. Matory is represented by attorney Lisa Ross.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carjacker shoots at JPD

JPD issued the following statements and picture on Twitter:

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Does the Williams case handcuff the A.G.? We report, you decide.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith repeatedly refers to the Harvey Williams v. State of Mississippi (2014) case as he battles Attorney General Jim Hood.   Mr. Smith claims the case prevents the Attorney General from prosecuting a case in Hinds County without the consent of the District Attorney and waves it as a flaming sword whenever the subject of Christopher Butler arises.  However, what exactly is the holding of Williams? JJ decided to present the case and let the good readers decide for themselves.

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Christmas tree pickup

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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D.A. calls AG prosecutor "Uncle Tom"

Uncle Toms, N*****s, drugs, $100,000, and witness protection screens. Gang-banger's trial? Nope.  These features were the order of the day yesterday in the trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.  The D.A. is fighting a three-count indictment that accuses him of illegally helping criminal defendants.  Yesterday saw the testimony of Mr. Smith's attorney, Jim Waide, Christopher Butler's girlfriend, two MBN agents, and Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley.

The Clarion-Ledger's Anna Wolfe and Jackson Free Press's Timothy Summers have provided the bulk of the coverage since the first day and yesterday was no exception.  Their live tweets from the courtroom report the courtroom events as they happen.  Ms. Wolfe reported this morning:

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Rick Cleveland: Is Bama best ever?

So, is this Alabama football team the best in college football history?

Seems a perfectly reasonable question at this point. Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight statistics-based website, says this year's version of Nick Saban's Crimson Tide machine has become the best college football team ever, narrowly surpassing the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers. As with all else it does, the website uses a thorough statistical analysis to come to that conclusion.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Epps to stay in jail

Chris Epps did not get a Get Out of Jail Free card. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate refused to release the former MDOC Commissioner from jail Friday.  Judge Wingate revoked his bond in November after Epps was arrested for breaking into his former home and removing some light fixtures.  Judge Wingate decreed:

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Watership goes down.

Farewell to Richard Adams. He passed away today at the age of 96.


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MHP: 3 fatalities on state highways

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following press release:

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D.A.'s trial resumes

The trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith resumes today.  Below is a summary of what took place last week. Judge for yourself who is ahead right now.  Read Anna Wolfe's live tweets from the courtroom today as well.

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Blast from the past.

Cardcow.com has a bunch of vintage Jackson postcards for sale on its website. Some of the postcards that show some of Jackson's past are posted below.  Enjoy.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Like a Boss

Thug tries to rob bank in Brazil.  See how it went down.

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See The Great War

Off from work today and looking for something different to watch? JJ stumbled across this little gem on Youtube.  There is a channel dedicated to telling the story of The Great War but in a slightly different fashion.  Indy Neidell provides a weekly video that covers the Great War as it unfolded that each week.  Lectures, newspaper articles, videos, and photographs are used to give viewers a similar experience to what you would see if you lived one hundred years ago.  This is a highly enjoyable way of learning history. Perfect for that brand new Ipad or smart tv you got for Christmas.

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Valentines turn into Grinches

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Paul Harvey tells a Christmas story



Start at 4:00.

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How Jimmy Stewart became George Bailey

It's a Wonderful Life was a catharsis of sorts for Jimmy Stewart.  People forget that he was a bomber pilot in World War II and rose to the rank of Brigadier General.  Needless to say, he'd seen his share of hell when he returned home.  Author Robert Matzen told the story of how the Christmas classic brought the recovering combat veteran back to life in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.  Mr. Matzen wrote:

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

No comment

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CMU FOOD FIGHT!!!

What the hell is going on in Canton?  There is a ruckus among us as our favorite engineer, the Madison County Journal, Barbara Blackmon and some other Canton dignitaries go at it.  The Journal reported yesterday:

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Clinton Carjackers Canned

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Budget brings ashes & switches

Merry Christmas state employees. The budget proposed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn, and their budget committee colleagues targets you. If you get to keep your job, they want you to work harder and do more for no more pay. The budget is bad for your retirement (PERS) too. Oh, but you will get a tiny tax cut.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Subway robber arrested

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement and mug shot:

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Ouch!!!

Someone decided to have some fun with Ole Miss on Youtube:

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JPS still doesn't get it.

Give the good Doc some credit.  Mississippi Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright walked into the lion's den and delivered a stern warning to the Board of Trustees for Jackson Public Schools Tuesday night.  Dr. Wright flat out told the crowded room that JPS faces the real possibility of a state takeover. A transcript of her speech is posted below.  JJ strongly urges readers to read her speech if they care at all about Jackson.  

An MDE audit released last summer found many schools were unsafe, lacked licensed teachers, graduated students that did not meet the requirements, and  teachers that did not control their classrooms.  JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray blew off the audit as he didn't even ask for a hearing to contest the audit.  The first corrective action plan submitted by JPS was a joke as MDE said it was "inadequate".  MDE is currently conducting a full audit of the entire district. Dr. Wright's remarks provide some of the preliminary findings for the current audit and frankly, JPS is in serious trouble.  Dr. Wright's said:

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Suspect drives wrong way on I55, kills driver. (Updated)

The Madison Police Department issued the following statements:

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R.I.P. Mac

Former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin passed away.

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Update on triple homicide case

Update: Garcia served all but 100 days of his last prison sentence.  He would have been free to commit this crime last week regardless of whether he served his full sentence. 

Here is the Mississippi criminal record for one Joshua Garcia that was obtained from MDOC yesterday:

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MHP will be out in force

The Mississippi Highway Patrol kicked off its "Coast to the Capital" campaign in this press release:

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Oops! Your license may not be suspended after all.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:

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Arrest made in Greenville Church fire case

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:

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Update on RSS trial.

The Clarion-Ledger's Anna Wolfe is live-tweeting from the Courtroom.  Follow her at this link.  She is also using the hashtag

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Fenians robbed

Local Jackson favorite Fenian's Irish Pub was burglarized two nights ago.  The thief (or thieves) broke into the pub through the roof.  The safe was opened and money was stolen.  JJ attempted to contact owner Danny Cupit but a receptionist hung up the phone this correspondent tried to provide contact information for the local attorney. 

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Rick Cleveland: Do we have too many bowls?

This old curmudgeon grew up in a time when there were the four major college football games: the Rose, the Sugar, the Cotton and the Orange Bowls. All were played on New Year's Day.

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Caught!!!

Our Natural Born Killers were caught in Junction City, Kansas just a few hours ago.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Triple murder suspects seen in Tennessee

WREG reported:

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Zoo receives ZAA accreditation

The Jackson Zoo issued the following press release.

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Warnock & Madison County settle for half a mill

Rudy Warnock issued the following press release:

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Watch RSS trial live

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Update on State v. Robert Shuler Smith

Opening arguments begin today in State v. Robert Shuler Smith.  Smith was indicted for three counts of improperly helping a criminal defendant.  A flurry of motions and responses were filed over the weekend.  Smith tried to call Attorney General Jim Hood as a witness and also tried to obtain information form the Clarion-Ledger provided by its sources.  JJ posted the remaining filings below that are deemed to be relevant as well as some highlights. 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Update on triple murder

JPD issued the following statement and photos on Twitter regarding the triple murder at Bill's Coin store on Terry Road.

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Flipped?

Charges against Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride are dismissed.

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Attorney Kelly Williams is a Child Welfare Law Specialist

COUHGLIN & WILLIAMS, PLLC is pleased to announce that Kelly G. Williams is the first attorney in the state of Mississippi to be certified as a Child  Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC).

Kelly Williams, Esq.
This title of distinction requires an applicant to pass a rigorous certification exam. The NACC Certification Program is the only program approved and accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists. Millions of children are the subjects of judicial proceedings each year as victims of abuse and neglect; juvenile offenders; subjects of custody, visitation and adoption proceedings; and as participants in civil damages litigation. NACC recognizes that the adversarial system works best when all interested parties are competently represented and one the goals of the NACC is to improve the lives of children and families through competent representation to ensure that judicial proceedings produce justice. (naccchildlaw.org)

Kelly takes a creative unique approach to serving clients, recognizing the need for case specific strategies and has significant experience in all areas of child welfare law. Kelly’s mission is to provide client focused, high quality legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect for clients, the community and the judicial system. She takes a genuine interest in understanding client objectives in order to meet or exceed expectations. For her clients, she will work hard, provide superior legal services on a timely, effective and efficient basis, while maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity. Please visit our website at www.coughlinwilliamslaw.com. Kelly may be reached at 601-982-1111 or kelly@coughlinwilliamslaw.com.

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Madison Subway robbed

The Madison Police Department issued the following statement:

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And subpoenas Jim Hood. Scorched-earth, Baby!!!

Yup.  The Hinds County District Attorney is trying to subpoena the prosecutor as a witness.  Hinds County D.A. Robert Shuler Smith subpoenaed Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to testify at his criminal trial that begins today. The A.G. immediately filed a motion to quash the subpoena.

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D.A. goes after Clarion-Ledger

The Pentagon Papers comes to Hinds County.  Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith subpoenaed on December 9 all correspondence the Clarion-Ledger received from Christopher Butler.  The newspaper said hell no and filed a motion to quash the subpoena on Thursday. 

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Spare the rod....

and this is what you get.  Warning: Language.

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Miracles never cease

Can you stand some good news?  East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier continues to recover  after he was shot three times in an ambush by a shooter who  killed three other law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge in a July 17 attack.  Tullier arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in a vegetative state.  but is now starting to answer to questions and recognize words.  The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reported:

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Three elderly men murdered

JPD issued the following statement:

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It's Sunday morning

The weather this morning does not exactly encourage one to go to church this morning so JJ is bringing church to you.  Here is a sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Skimmer found in Clinton

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Should we recruit more out of state students?

“USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline.

“The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to raise overall revenue,” explained the Clarion-Ledger story. USM cut annual tuition for out-of-state students by 40%, from $16,529 to $9,964.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Dr. Gray says goodbye for $195,000

How many times can I write "You can't make this up"?  Former JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray got a final paycheck of $195,000.  JJ obtained record of his payment through a public records request.  See for yourself:

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Rogue One is here

Rogue One (Star Wars Episode 3.99) came out this week.  Spoiler alert: I haven't seen the movie but here is probably the best scene in the film.

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Savage. Just plain savage.

WARNING: GRAPHIC AND GRUESOME PHOTOS ARE POSTED BELOW.

Posted below are the worst pictures ever posted on this website.  A puppy was literally beaten to a pulp recently.  She was rescued by the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) but it was too late.  She was mercifully put down a few hours after her rescue.  Words can't describe the horror that was inflicted on this poor little animal.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Clinton autopsy

Autopsies are never pretty and Politico's examination of the Hillary Clinton campaign is no exception.  Politico focused on the campaign's operation in Mee-chigan.  Actually, it is more accurate to write that the political website reported on the non-campaign that took place in the formerly blue state. The Michigan campaign is a good microcasm of how the national campaign operated.  A Republican will read this with much glee while a Democrat will read this while resisting the urge to start throwing things at the wall. It is almost a case study in self-inflicted wounds. However, it is a pretty sober analysis and worth reading.  Excerpts are published below with some commentary by yours truly. 

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MDE approves JPS correction plan

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement:

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Too Sweet says he paid bribes to D.A.

The District Attorney's relationship with Too Sweet apparently went sour.   Robert "Too Sweet" Henderson told the FBI that he paid bribes "directly" to Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Too Sweet's testimony was recently submitted by the Attorney General in its prosecution against the D.A.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Smith in September for three counts of improperly helping defendants. 

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It's time to get drunk.

It's that time of year and you know what it means: It's time for my award-winning egg nog recipe:

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Ronnie Crudup, Jr. announces candidacy for Mayor

Ronnie Crudup, Jr. threw his hat in the ring today as he tries to become the next Mayor of Jackson.  Mr. Crudup is the son of Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr..  Mr. Crudup works at his father's church, New Horizon Ministries.  Mr. Crudup graduated from Murrah High School and Belhaven University.  The press conference was held on Greenville Drive in South Jackson. The short video of the press conference.  He took questions from the media after he finished his announcement. 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Phone Scam Alert

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release:

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Ashley Madison pays $52,489 fine

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Peace in our time?

It appears a settlement might be in the works. This item appeared on the agenda of the Jackson City Council last night:

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Cruz cruising on out (Updated)

Commissioner of Public Safety Santa Cruz will retire at the end of January.  He submitted a letter to the Governor today.  His replacement will be........ (drum roll).......

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Meet some of Jacktown's finest

Just some good ole boys.... just a meanin' no harm.....

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Rick Cleveland: Dak faces his first pro test

It was going to happen sooner or later. It happened to Dak Prescott in his 12th NFL game. Finally, he did not play well enough to win.

On a frigid night and frozen field in New Jersey, the Dallas Cowboys finally lost a game and their rookie quarterback, the toast of the NFL for the three months running, looked ordinary. The New York Giants, playing superb defense, won 10-7.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

More, more, MORE FEMA follies

When will anyone learn? FEMA is at it again.  The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reported yesterday that FEMA is paying double the retail value for mobile homes that are to be provided to flood victims.  Read and weep:

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Get in the Christmas spirit: Give a toy, get a treat.

Jeff Good posted the following message on Facebook:

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Clinton Mayor: Increase gas tax & sales tax diversion

Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher sent the following letter to his constituents and legislators:

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ATM stolen at Belhaven Walgreens

JPD issued the following statement and photos on Twitter:

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Pray for the Bluntson family

Say a prayer for Frank Bluntson and his family.  His wife, Juanita Bluntson, passed away.  She was a class act and and filled with true grace.  She will be dearly missed. 

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Good Job!!!

Local kid makes good over in Louisiana.  Watch this reaction when a high school senior finds out he got accepted to Cornell:

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Vote for the Hottest Reporter in Jackson

It's that time of year.  Vote in the Hottest Reporter Poll.  Pretend you live in Ward 3. Vote early and often. No qualifications or ID are required to vote here.   Seriously, all of these reporters are underpaid and overworked. They work long hours, take alot of abuse from those they cover, especially from politicians. Most of them are fresh out of school, scrapping and learning their trade, hoping they can improve enough to move on to a bigger market. It's a tough job and if anything, they are under appreciated.  They get hate mail, cussed out by politicians, and go to areas that most people would avoid all while doing it with a smile.   All images were culled from  their employer's websites, Google images, and public Facebook pages. Oh, and be nice in the comments.  That includes Johnny Weir.

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Totally out of touch.

What part of PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO ALLOW CELLPHONE CALLS ON FLIGHTS does the government not get? The Department of Transportation proposed allowing phone calls made through wi-fi on flights:

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In his own words.

Cecil McCrory wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the Chris Epps scandal. McCrory pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2015.  McCrory worked with Chris Epps to shake down MDOC vendors for bribes and kickbacks.  McCrory would act as the middleman and pay off Mr. Epps when he was MDOC Commissioner.  McCrory alleged that he was innocent of the charges and poorly represented by his lawyer, Don Leland. Earlier post about motion to withdraw. McCrory also charged that then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst "manipulated" his case for his upcoming run for Mississippi Attorney General.  McCrory is now represented by Carlos Tanner.  However, the transcript of the hearing tells a somewhat different story.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dr. Gray shows why he is clueless and incompetent in his own words.

 The Jackson Public School District Board of Trustees fired Dr. Gray.  However, Dr. Gray didn't leave without defending himself in a column published in the Clarion-Ledger.  JJ is going to set the record straight because Dr. Gray took no responsibility for anything as he made excuses and cast blame anywhere he could. 

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Crimestoppers Alert

 Update: McDonald is in police custody.

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and photos:

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Students are mad that a terrorist was killed while stabbing people

You.can't.make.this.up.  Some students at THE Ohio State University protested the shooting of a terrorist who used a knife and a car to maim and injure eleven people on campus two weeks ago.  The student newspaper, The Lantern, reported Thursday:

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State purchases most of Cat Island

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued the following press release: 

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Dealing with Life's Discouragements

Can't make it to church this morning?  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on overcoming "Life's Discouragements" in this sermon. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Former Alcorn County Sheriff pleads guilty

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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Bill Crawford: PERS "mortgage" balloons

You know how a mortgage works right? You make your monthly payments and gradually your mortgage balance comes down.
 
Pat Robertson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), tells legislators and retirees to think of PERS’ massive $16.8 billion funding shortfall as a mortgage: “Having an unfunded liability (deficit) is analogous to having a mortgage and making mortgage payments faithfully every month.”

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Right Stuff

American hero John Glenn died this week at the age of 95 years old.  This video shows him in action and why he commanded such respect across decades of time. 

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Pension Armageddon in Dallas

What is taking place right now in Dallas is nothing short of a pension Armageddon.   The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System invested in risky real estate deals, including a swanky 200 condo development in downtown Dallas at the height of the housing meltdown. Retirees have withdrawn well over a half a billion dollars from the system as they fear its imminent collapse.  The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday:

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#65

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Check charities before donating

Secretary of State Dibbit Hosemann issued the following statement:

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Madison insurance agent busted for pocketing premiums.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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McCrory reneges

Cecil McCrory filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea to conspiracy to commit money laundering  yesterday in U.S. District Court.  McCrory worked with Chris Epps to shake down MDOC vendors for bribes and kickbacks.  McCrory would act as the middleman and pay off Mr. Epps when he was MDOC Commissioner.  McCrory alleged that he was innocent of the charges and poorly represented by his lawyer, Don Leland.  McCrory also charged that then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst "manipulated" his case for his upcoming run for Mississippi Attorney General.  McCrory is now represented by Carlos Tanner.

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Bedwetter alert

You really can't make this up.  Josh Collins, a New Orleans police officer, posted this message on his Facebook page:

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dale speaks

Madison Municipal Court Judge Dale Danks just issued new guidelines that states suspects between the ages of 18-21 must remain in jail for 48 hours unless parents can be notified. 

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The future is now.

The future grocery store may not have cashiers or cash registers.  Amazon is rolling out its futuristic grocery stores in 2017.  See the video for yourself.

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Gallup: The economy hasn't grown and is "running on empty"

The economy hasn't grown since 2007.  Such news will come as a surprise to more than a few people but a Gallup Report says that is exactly what has happened - or rather, hasn't happened. Gallup said the economy is "dangerously running on empty."   Gallup prepared the report for the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.   The report stated:

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Rapist gets life


Madison-Rankin District Attorney issued the following press release: 

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#64?

JPD issued the following statement:

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Claiborne gets rejected

Collection of all posts on the Frazier case.

Claiborne Frazier struck out yet again in court.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied his appeal of his guilty plea in 2014.  Frazier pleaded guilty to wire fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced him to sixty months in prison.  Judge Starrett also ordered him to pay $8.5 million in restitution to his victims . The brief opinion is posted below. 

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Medical Board debates criminal penalties for sexually abusive physicians

The Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure wants to make physicians who might be tempted to sexually assault a patient think twice before they do it.  Dr. John Hall proposed passing legislation that will close loopholes and toughen the criminal statutes for sexually abusive doctors.  The next session of the Mississippi Legislature begins next month. Earlier post. However, some doctors on the Board do not exactly see eye to eye with Dr. Hall.  The Mississippi Business Journal reported this week:

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

75 years has not erased the horror that was the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The Japs had run roughshod over China and throughout the Pacific for years.  They decided to knock out the U.S. Pacific Fleet using tactics that had worked on the Royal Navy and against Russia nearly forty years earlier.  The rest is the Day of Infamy.  Take a moment to remember the souls of those who died that day and those who fought back.  JJ took the liberty of posting videos of that fateful attack. 

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Rick Cleveland: Cam is The Man

Don't know how many times I've been asked this lately but it's a lot: Where does Clinton's Cam Akers rank among the high school football players you've seen play in Mississippi?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bedwetter alert

You can't make this up.  A woman complains in the Washington ____ that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency ruined her chances at a decent love life:

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Kiefer's robbed

The Keifer's restaurant on Poplar Street was robbed last night.  An employee apparently left the back door ajar.  A gentleman came through the back door and robbed the restaurant.  He was armed with a pistol.  The loss is estimated to be between $500-1,000.  The suspect is a black male who was wearing a purple hoodie.  His face was covered.  There were no injuries. The incident happened after closing when only a few employees were present.

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Mumps cases triple

Cases of mumps infections tripled in 2016.  The Wall Street Journal reported today:

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Shootout

JPD posted the following information on Twitter:

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Shucking & jiving over the Shuckers

Is yet another crony capitalist deal about to blow up in Mississippi? Our favorite reporter, Anita Lee of the Sun-Herald, reported that the city of Biloxi sued Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports over a deal that has apparently soured:

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Stupid crook of the day

The Seattle Police Department posted this story on its website:

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Parsing the Parking Meter Contract

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. opined on the parking meter contract on Facebook:

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Boat ramps reopen

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement:

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Ridgeland apartments settle with HUD

The Justice Department issued the following statement:

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Belhaven alert

Belhaven has a prowler.  Keep an eye out for the dude who is in the picture and video posted below.  A reader send them to this correspondent and said " this guy was creeping around my back door at 1am in Belhaven." JPD is aware of this incident. 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

There she blows

Where's James Dean?

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And pass the ammo

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Marine Corps legend General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense. The General has been a fount of quotes over the years.  Read some of them for yourself. 

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Praise the Lord....

If you can't make it to church this morning, JJ presents this sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Rogue One Clip

A new Rogue One video made it to the internet:

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Idiot of the day (Updated)

JPD issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: The Arrogance of the Legislature

How appropriate. Fate chose the week of the Egg Bowl for legislative leaders to have to wipe lots of egg off their faces.

How silly. House Republican leaders passed a rule, with Senate mimicry pending, to deny media access to the Legislature’s contracts, only to find out they were violating their own law.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

It's gone!!!


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Christmas by Candlelight Tour at Capitol today

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement: 

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Crime-stoppers alert

Crimestoppers issued the following alert and photo for this Madison County fugitive:

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Info for Clinton-Pearl Champeenship Game

Big game tonight in Starkpatch, as Clinton and Pearl face off to see who will be the Heavyweight Champ in Mississippi high school football.  The city of Clinton posted the following information for the game tonight:

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Scumbag of the day

Kid loses his leg but saves his little brother in a pit bull attack.  So what does his father do? Run off with the money meant for medical expenses and the family vehicle.  The Sun-Herald reported this morning:

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vikings returns

Wondering what to watch on tv? It's at least six months before Game of Thrones returns.  There is one episode left of Westworld.  However, don't despair.  Vikings returned last night to the History Channel.  If you have not seen this series before, give it a try.  The first four and a half seasons are available on Amazon Prime Video.  Here is the trailer to the second half of season 4:

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Mississippi Supreme Court orders hearing for capital murder convict.

The Mississippi Supreme Court remanded the capital murder conviction of Laqunn Sharod Gary back to Hinds County Circuit Court after it held that Judge Jeff Weill violated the Gary's due process.  Gary confessed to a murder but then tried to challenge his confession and asked for a hearing to suppress the evidence.  Judge Weill denied his motion for the hearing.  However, the Court ordered Judge Weill to hold the hearing and then possibly hold a new trial if the confession is disqualified.  The opinion is posted below.  Judge Weill nemesis public defender Allison Kelly represented the defendant. There was no dissent.

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Update on the Magic Bus

Anyone who has survived driving through the Waterworks Curve the past week has seen an abandoned bus on the side of the road that looks like it came out of The Gauntlet.   WLBT reported this week:

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PERS continues to slip

Collection of all PERS posts

The Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System continues to spin its wheels in the mud as the latest actuarial report states that the program is only 60% funded.* The Board of Trustees received the news at the presentation of the annual report at the October board meeting.  The actual report and video of the presentation are posted below.  The nutshell version of the report is that the numbers that should be getting smaller are getting larger while the numbers that should be getting larger are getting smaller.   In other words, PERS is going in the wrong direction. 

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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